Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Sarah Bond - Archaeology Career Interview

Sarah Bond digging at Morgantina
30th October 2012: We caught up with Archaeologist Sarah Bond to talk to her about her career so far...
Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia and graduated with a double major in Classics and History with a minor in Archaeology. They don't allow three majors at UVA, but I finished all requirements for the Archaeology degree, having worked at the native american site of Monasukapanough near Charlottesville for my field school, then doing a season at Morgantina in central Sicily (near to Piazza Armerina) with Mac Bell, before working as a site supervisor at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. I also worked in the archaeology lab at UVA and on the Astor Collection—a collection of Native American artifacts once held by the Astor Hotel in NY.

After undergrad, I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill to do my graduate work with Richard Talbert. It was a tough decision to leave archaeology technically and transition to ancient history, but I found that epigraphy (the study of inscriptions) allowed me to still utilize material culture heavily and be a historian slash archaeologist. I still returned to Morgantina to dig while in graduate school and worked at the Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg as an intern. I graduated in May 2011 with a dissertation on disreputable tradesmen (funeral workers, criers, entertainment organizers) under my belt and did a post-doc at Washington and Lee University before heading on to Marquette. I am currently the Late Antique historian here at Marquette University. I specialize in epigraphy, commerce, and social history—but also teach Medieval Latin through the Sunoikisis consortium through the Center for Hellenic Studies. My book manuscript involves a deeper look into pollution, touch, smell, and their effect on the status of tradesmen in Greco-Roman antiquity. For instance, the stigmatization of tanners or minters—two very smelly and low-status trades.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?
When I graduated from UVA, I did not know what department I would end up in—I just knew I need to go to graduate school. I applied to Classics departments, History, and Archaeology. I always figured that if it didn't work out, I would work at Monticello for longer or work for a CRM firm. All I knew was that I needed a graduate education to be able to publish and to do something I love: teaching. I also liked working with the actual artifacts from antiquity rather than focusing only on literature. Since I was a wee gal growing up in southwest Virginia, I had wanted to be an archaeologist, but, as it turns out, there are many ways to be one! Digital archaeology, for instance, is a new way that archaeology is branching out into different media. It is an exciting time to be an archaeologist, for sure, and the definition is broadening.  

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
I think my biggest success was just being lucky enough to actually get a tenure track job wherein I do what I love every day. I feel incredibly fortunate for this opportunity. I need to go pour some wine or honey into the ground and erect a votive offering in recompense, I suppose.  

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
Good question! Without doubt it is the amazing and indefatigable Charlotte Rouech√©. She is an epigrapher and archaeologist of the highest caliber who has vast knowledge of both archaeological sites (e.g. Aphrodisias) and history (all the way from Greece to Byzantium). She is also a model for women within the field in that she has accomplished so much (along with many others) at a high level of excellence--and made the path for other female archaeologists and historians that much easier. She is a trailblazer in the field of digital epigraphy and the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) formatting of inscriptions, but above all: she is a nice person. She remains unpretentious, responsive, and kind—a paradigm we should all try to encapsulate, am I right?

Friday, 26 October 2012

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Kiara Beaulieu - Archaeology Career Interview

Kiara Beaulieu on site
We caught up with Kiara Beaulieu to ask her questions on her Archaeology career so far...

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated from my Honours BA in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. I did a post diploma program in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. I then did a MA in Classical Archaeology. I am currently a Staff Archaeologist and Material Culture Specialist at Archaeological Service Inc.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
I was actually considering a Phd for some time. However, due to the unlikelihood of ever finding a tenure track position I jumped ship and went to work as in CRM. I felt like at the end of the 6-7 years invested I would most likely be stuck with a degree but much less experience than those who stopped at an MA and started working in CRM right away. When I first graduated from my MA I knew I wanted to stay in Archaeology. I was offered some short contracts to work in Europe helping run field schools and do other research jobs, but didn't like living out of a suitcase anymore. I found that jobs in CRM were in demand, especially for those with licenses (needed in Ontario, Canada) and experience, so I went that route and never looked back.

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
The greatest success in my career? I would say the greatest success has been throughout my career and its been teaching the next generation of archaeologists to work ethically and be mindful of their impact. I have worked all over the world, from Turkey, Italy, England and Canada, and I feel like passing on that knowledge and having people pick it up and understand what to do is a success on its own.

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
My favourite archaeologist would have to be George F. Bass from Texas A & M. I did some underwater archaeology with the Institute for Nautical Archaeology in Turkey, which he is associated with, and his work on shipwrecks is unparalleled.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Helen Williams - Archaeology Career Interview

Helen Williams - 2012
We caught up with Helen Williams to ask about her career in Archaeology so far...

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated in 2007 with a 1st Class BSc in Archaeological Science from Reading University. I then stayed on and completed a MSc in Geoarchaeology. I am now going into the final year of my PhD at York University studying the micromorphology of human burials (https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/research/research-students/helen-stokes/). 

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
Yes. When I graduated I did want to continue my career in archaeology but took some time out from studying to do some free lance work as an archaeological illustrator and data manager. I had an amazing time doing this and was able to travel to Cyprus and Qatar to take part in both survey work and excavation. I was also able to dig at the Severn Estuary and several UK sites.

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
The biggest success in my career so far has been getting my work published. I was so pleased to get both my undergraduate and MSc dissertations in print! Some of the best experiences however have been my time of site. I love going to unusual and out of the way places. Working at the Severn estuary is always a wonderful excavation to do, the landscape is so different to what I encounter from day to day, with lots of unique challenges and I can never wait to go back!   

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
That is a really tough question to answer. I have met so many extraordinary people in my job that I don't think I could pick a favourite. I've been so lucky to have been based at two really good departments both with experts at the top of their fields. Those that have inspired me the most however are Wendy Matthews and Martin Bell both based at Reading. Working with both of them has helped me develop a strong commitment to the scientific process and dedication to research and the advancement of archaeological science.

Friday, 12 October 2012

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Jemma Mitchell - Archaeology Career Interview

Jemma Mitchell
We interviewed Jemma Mitchell about her Career in Archaeology so far...

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology, I then did an MSc at Cranfield in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology finishing in 2011. Now I have just started a part-time PhD in Forensic Archaeology - specifically the degradation on clothing in clandestine burials, I'm also writing some lectures for a new Masters programme in Criminal Justice.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
I've always been passionate about history and as a hands on person archaeology has always appealed to me. I knew after I completed my undergraduate degree that I wanted to do a PhD, but never knew which area I'd like to specialise in. After completing my MSc project in the area of clothing within burials I found an area I'm really passionate about, and was lucky enough that Cranfield were willing to let me stay!

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
I had my first paper published in Octobers edition of Forensic Science International - this is something I'd dreamt about but to have it become a reality was fantastic. I'm hoping there will be many more to come!

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
Historically I'd have to say Mary Leakey - she was a prominent figure when it was difficult women to be taken seriously in their own right. She fought for her education every step of the way, and I admire her grit and determination - as well as her intelligence.
The fact she worked with her husband and still made a name for herself I respect her for - my partner is also completing a PhD in Forensics at Cranfield, although thankfully a different area!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Cristina Draghici : Archaeology Career Interview

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I graduated in 2003 at the University of Bucharest, Romania with a degree in Ancient History (on my diploma is written "License in History"), but actually with an archaeological thesis, then I did a MA from 2003 to 2005 at the same University and then a Ph.D. (2005 - 2008) (the defence of my thesis was on 18th September 2009). The subject .
From October 2008 till July 2010 I was in Rome with a scholarship offered by the Romanian Ministry of Education to the young researchers. In the meantime I have meet my husband (also an archaeologist) so I remaind in Italy, and I am currently enrolled at the University of Ferrara for a second Ph.D. in Archeometry applied to Cultural Heritage.

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?
I wanted to work in Archaeology long before I began ti study it, due to my father who was passionate about it and due to our long talkings about ancient people and civilisations.
Then, when I graduated I already worked within the Department for Preventive (Rescue) Archaeology of the National History Museum of Romania from Bucharest. I did mostly sistematically excavations, and some public excavations as well.
I specialized also in working with ancient artifacts, especially with Roman Glass. The collaboration with the Museum started while I was a student in 2000 and continued till 2008, when I left for Rome. I passed from Neolithic which is quite well represented in Romania, but the specialists are not so many, so the possibility to follow this path was not quite optimistic), to the Roman period. During my time spent on different Roman sites I discovered the Glass and I became passionate about it. My research is basiccaly related with Roman Glass I was on maternity leave in 2011 and I am currently unemployed and in search for a job in the field!

How has a degree in archaeology benefited your career? It did not actually benefited too much, because my preparation was too theoretical, and everything that I have learned, I did it on the field and on the Museum's laboratory. I gained the basic knowledges through my studies, but my practical experience I achieve it on the excavation sites. I am not currently aware with the present situation of archaeologists in Romania, but when I left, if you were not within a public istitution (research institute, university or museum), you were not working as a professional there. Private companies does not exist in Romania. The main thing (even though private companies exist here). happens more or less in Italy as well. Here if you don't know somebody from the "system", you can only volunteer. And let's face it, we have to ear our living as well as the others professionals do. I try to specialise even more with my second Ph.D., to build up new experiences that can make more suitable for future positions.

Would you go back into Archaeology later down the line? I cannot tell what I am going to do in the future, but I am trying, actually I am doing my best to keep contact with the field, even though it is not for sure an easy job! I started my career and I pursuit it for 8 years, then I had a break with my scholarpship and with the start and putting up my family, so now I try to come back, but in a period with a lot of problems from economical point of view. I will try not to give up and to be hopeful that the "sun will rise also on my street !", as an old Romanian saying tells.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

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We interviewed Paola Piliego about her career and experiences in Archaeology:

Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I first graduated from University of Bari (Italy) in 2003 with a degree in Lettere Classiche and then I stayed on for the followings three years to complete a post-graduate school in Archaeology, where I joined my passion for Archaeology and for ancient texts studying the Byzantine Epigraphy of Terra d’ Otranto (where I was born), graduating in 2007. After one year spent learning Greek Palaeography in Vatican City, during my PhD I continued studying the inscriptions of Terra d’ Otranto with an archaeological point of view, especially those belonged to the middle Byzantine period with the support of the University of Bari, the University of Salento (Italy) and the Centre for Hellenic Studies of the King’s College in London (UK), where I spent a very good time last year as a visiting research student, increasing my knowledge about the Byzantine culture and working on the marking-up of epigraphic documents for online publications, as an intern! And now I’m looking for a other scholarship, because it’s not possible to live only on “poetry”!

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/PhD?
Absolutely yes! As I said, archaeology is a very strong passion for me.
I wanted to work as an archaeologist until I was a child, when I didn’t really know how this job is difficult. And now, after I worked into so many excavations as a beginner and then as a professional paid worker; now that I have felt the hard work at the end of a day, and I have smelt the earth, and I know how much brain – work and efforts are necessary to prepare a good paper I really love this job much more than in the past! Unfortunately, it’s very difficult today to stay in Archaeology for a long time, especially if you live in Italy with this economic crisis, and you don’t have a scholarship. So, in the mean time I’m working as a freelance consultant for the Archaeological Heritage Bureaus and privates companies engaged in archaeological excavations and Public works or I’m doing different jobs, like schoolteacher in Italy and abroad, looking for my chance!

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
When I read a note about one of my papers in the Revue des √Čtudes grecques by Denis Feissel (CNRS), I was so excited and deeply touched! This has repaid so much efforts and sacrifices! But the way is still much long....
Who's your favourite archaeologist? Of course, Edward C. Harris, Philip Barker, and Sauro Gelichi (especially for Italians) are pillars for a medieval archaeologist, but in my case the studies of Carlo Carletti, Denis Feissel and Cyril Mango are absolutely necessary for study late antique and Byzantine inscriptions, and build a good foundations for a multidisciplinary approach to the Epigraphy!

George Constance: Archaeology Career Interview

We interviewed George Constance about his career in Archaeology, how it developed and what he's doing now...
Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I received a BS in geology (1982) from the University in New Orleans with a specialty in soft rock and minor in biology and a MS in Technology Commercialization (2012) from Northeastern University in Boston. Worked as an oil industry micro-paleontologist for 22 years specializing in US Gulf Coast foraminifera. 18 of those years an independent consultant. I went the entrepreneurial route post EXXON/Mobil merger consulting on museum projects and opening a tea cafe and wholesale business and evacuated to Connecticut after hurricane Katrina where I remain today.
Currently, I’m consulting and participating several high technology startups, buyt really miss paleontology. I’m networking in that industry to see if there are any entrepreneurial efforts that I can apply both my science and business education and experience. Work should be fun and paleo-archaeo filed is where I want to play. I’m wide open regarding proposals and expect there are some really great ones out there: museums, reproductions, archaeo-vacations... you name it...
When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
I expected I’d work as a geologist until successful enough to move into the slightly less lucrative archaeology field. Maybe an early retirement career move. But the micro-paleontology career path surprised me and I went for it with a passion. I was hired straight out of my bachelor’s program by a small firm desperate for help. Life and a successful career in paleo prevented me from returning to school until recently. I figured it’s too late to pursue the science path and that a business degree, combined with my geology degree would be valuable in many different archaeological and paleontological endeavors. I’d get to see a lot cool stuff and provide value. So, if you have something fun to work on, please contact me!
What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
Developing a correlation tool, Graphic Interpolation System, that utilizes fossils to generate, interpolate and integrate all available data for enhanced correlation and interpretation. The tool allowed for depositional rate determination at any level and identify missing sections and faulted sections. Really fun apply the the data. Love to show anyone interested.
Who's your favourite archaeologist?
I don’t know if he’ll be my favorite until excavations. But the most intriguing so far is Klaus Schmidt, excavator of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. With all the attention he’s been getting he took time to reply to an email from me. The good folks at the Institute for Human Origins are likewise quick to respond to requests and questions. In the end, archaeology is only as good as the data that is generated AND shared. From a business perspective, sharing data outside the professional community generates interest and can lead to funding. Professional archaeologists need to get out of the vacuum and talk to the general public, promote themselves. They might inspire another Donald C. Johanson or Howard Carter.

Monday, 8 October 2012

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Button found on St. Augustine shipwreck 'the smoking gun' to its identity

A corroded uniform button found in the mud off the St. Augustine Beach pier could be the “smoking gun” that leads to identifying a mystery shipwreck.
And the copper coin with a face of what could be Britain’s King George found by a Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program volunteer just adds to evidence that the wreck could be part of a British Revolutionary War fleet that fled Charleston in 1782.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2012-10-03/story/button-found-st-augustine-shipwreck-smoking-gun-its-identity#ixzz28KoNE5Zd

Archaeology: Crete, 3500-year-old Minoan building found

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, OCTOBER 4 - An accidental meeting in 1982 between a well-known Greek archaeologist, Yannis Sakellarakis, and a shepherd from Crete has led to an archaeological discovery of great importance – Zominthos, a settlement from the Minoan era on the plain by the same name, 1.187 metres above the sea. The settlement is at the feet of the highest mountain in Crete, Mount Psiloritis, eight kilometres from the village of Anogia along the road which led from Knossos to Ideon Andron, the cave where Zeus was born according to Greek mythology.

Researchers uncover 7th Century resting place of the Maya's great warrior queen

Raiding the tomb of the Holy Snake Lord: Researchers uncover 7th Century resting place of the Maya's great warrior queen...

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Pier Matteo Barone - Archaeology Career Interview

Matteo Barone
Where did you graduate and what are you doing now?
I had my BA in Archaeology in 2004 at University of Bologna, then I had a MSc in Geoarchaeology in 2005 at University of Roma Tre. Finally I had a PhD in 2009 in Historical Landscape analysis and valorisation at University of Molise (in collaboration with University of Cambridge).

When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology/Phd?
After my BA (2004), I knew I would like to continue the academic career; and I was lucky to find a master and then a Phd

What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
Now, I am specialised in Geophysics applied to Archaeology and Cultural Heritage; and my great success was to be contacted from American University of Rome in order to teach two courses (Roman Archaeology and Archaeo-Geophysics).

Who's your favourite archaeologist?
My favourite archaeologist is Edward C. Harris: his matrix is genius!